Former Maple Leafs GM among three getting honourary doctorate from St. Catharines university


Published June 5, 2023 at 10:05 am

Brock University will present honorary degrees to Jenn Harper, Kyle Dubas and Deborah Rosati during the University's 113th Convocation the week of June 12.

With over 3,500 students ready to cross the stage at the 2023 convocation ceremonies next week, it’ll be deja vu for three special guests, two of whom have already had their Brock University convocations.

Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics Inc. founder and CEO Jenn Harper, former Toronto Maple Leafs GM and now Pittsburgh Penguins President of Hockey Operations Kyle Dubas (BSM ’07) and Women Get On Board Inc. founder and CEO Deborah Rosati (BAdmin ’84) will each receive an honorary doctorate from Brock and deliver a Convocation address to the University’s latest graduating class next week.

Harper, the only non-Brock graduate, has made an impact in the beauty industry, quickly raising the profile of Cheekbone Beauty through its commitment to sustainability and community.

An Anishinaabe woman, now based in St. Catharines, she aims to help Indigenous people see and feel their value in the world while developing sustainable colour cosmetics that won’t add to growing landfills.

Harper has been building the Cheekbone Beauty brand since it was established in 2016, but interest in the company grew significantly after an appearance of the CBC show Dragon’s Den in 2019.

It has been more than 15 years since Dubas crossed the stage to receive his Bachelor of Sport Management at his own Brock Convocation. He has since established himself as a national sports leader.

On Thursday, June 1, Dubas was named President of Hockey Operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He will oversee all aspects of the team’s hockey operations department, including establishing the strategic vision and philosophy for the franchise.

Prior to joining Pittsburgh, the Brock graduate spent nearly 10 years with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

A Corporate Director, entrepreneur and Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant, Rosati has built her career around creating meaningful change in the corporate world.

Through her work with Women Get On Board Inc., the Brock University alumna is building a community of the next generation of women corporate directors. The 850-member social-purpose company is committed to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion; and encouraging collaboration, courage and confidence in the boardroom.

Rosati and Harper will receive their honorary doctorates on June 13 at ceremonies held at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively. Dubas will have his honorary degree bestowed upon him on June 14 at 2:30 p.m.

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